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Tue Feb 18 2014 (Updated 02/19/14)Federal Judge Rules That Indybay Journalist Can Sue BART Police For Retaliatory Arrest
Tue Feb 18 2014 (Updated 02/19/14)Indybay Reporter Targeted by BART PD Prior to & Arrested at Powell Street Station Protest
On February 11, United States Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley ruled that Indybay reporter David Morse (known to readers as "Dave Id") would be able to take his civil rights lawsuit against BART police to trial. Morse was arrested while covering a "No Justice No BART" protest on September 8, 2011. BART Deputy Police Chief Dan Hartwig selected David Morse for arrest during the protest at the Powell Street BART Station, a culminating act in BART's response to a series of escalating demonstrations which publicly embarrassed the agency. As Morse's Indybay postings successively described the public furor around the actions of BART and its police force, BART police commanders commissioned an intelligence officer to profile Morse, publish his photograph, and prepare officers to make his arrest. At the Powell Street Station demonstration itself, Morse continued his usual journalistic activities, only to find himself singled out for arrest, handcuffed, held in a police substation, and ultimately transported to San Francisco County Jail. Every other credentialed journalist was released from a police encirclement that day.
Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley has now ruled that Morse has sufficient evidence to continue to pursue his First Amendment claim against Deputy Chief Hartwig for arresting him in retaliation for his extensive and critical reporting on their police department. Additionally, Judge Scott Corley has ordered that evidence in the case previously under seal be made available for public review. A trial has been scheduled for September of this year.
Read More with Court Filings | Gil Gross Interview with Attorney Michael Siegel About Indybay Reporter's Case Against BART
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